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John and Becky Thompson
Married to Rebecca Hollis on 06/06/69
Scott Thompson (wife-Dena; granddaughter-Paris) in Chandler, AZ. Marla Cannefax (husband-David; grandchildren-Parker; Mason; Colton; Tyler; and Laney) in Tyler, TX
Graduate of ACU-1970 with B.S. in Accounting and General Business with a minor in Bible.
Has served as a minister of churches of Christ in Texas for more than 30 years: Pritchett; Henderson; Longview; Dallas; and Frankston. Served as the interim minister at the Holly Lake church of Christ from April, 2017 until October 22, 2017 when he was selected to be the full-time minister.
John and Becky look forward to working with the Holly Lake church of Christ and meeting many people in this area. Their motto is: Looking Forward:Praying Upward! “...one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14.
Who is Holly Lake Church of Christ?
Holly Lake Church of Christ has about 70 members. About 70 percent are retired and live in Holly Lake Ranch, a community of about 2000 households. Holly Lake Ranch is about 10 miles north of Hawkins, Texas. The church building is located about 7 miles north of Hawkins, on highway FM 2869.
Holly Lake is concerned about the condition of our nation. We have a responsibility to our nation and community, as God's servants, to inform them that God loves them and is also concerned about the immorality in our nation.
Holly Lake Church of Christ is a church of prayer. We will pray for you, we will pray with you. Come join us and we will pray together. Prayer really works. We have seen it work time and time again. If you’re feeling alone with your problems pray. God is always on the job. He will hear you and be with you to help you find an answer. We are always available to support you in your prayers. Come and we will pray together.
What we teach?
We want to restore in our community and world the original New Testament church we read of in Acts and the New Testament. We have the same love for each other, and for the lost. We strive to be the church that Christ built and established for which He died. That is why we wear His name, "Church of Christ", which is a descriptive term indicating that the church belongs to Christ the church that Christ built – Matthew 16:18.
In order to accomplish this our teachings are based on God's Word. We teach that nothing is required of people as acts of faith except that which is evident in the Scriptures. We emphasize that going back to the Bible does not mean the establishment of another denomination, but rather a return to the original church that was established in the first century. We are enthusiastic about this approach. With the Bible as our only guide, we seek to restore the original church. We do not see this as arrogance, but the very opposite. We are saying that we do not have the right to ask for men's allegiance to a human organization - we are only asking men to follow God's specifications for His church.
We believe that to subscribe to any creed other than the New Testament, or refuse to obey any New Testament command or follow any practice not sustained by the New Testament is to add to or take away from the teachings of God. And both additions and subtractions are condemned in the Bible –
Galatians 1:6–9; Revelation 22:18–19.
History of the Holly Lake Congregation
The Holly Lake Church of Christ began meeting in August 1973 soon after the Holly Lake Ranch development had started. The first meeting place was in the mobile home section of Holly Lake Ranch. Many of the first members were part-timers, in that they were from the Dallas-Ft. Worth area and came to the ranch for the weekends.
In 1979 land was purchased on FM 2869 about 4 miles south of Holly Lake Ranch. A small building was constructed in 1980 to accommodate the church growth. This is now the property on which current facilities are located. With growth continuing, an auditorium addition was built in 1987 that handles approximately 100 people and the existing building was converted to classrooms.
By 1998, it was apparent that more facilities were going to be needed. Plans were made to add onto the current facilities with another auditorium addition, office and classrooms, and converting the older auditorium into a fellowship hall with modern kitchen facilities. This project was started and completed in 1999. The new auditorium comfortably handles 250 people and can be expanded to accommodate more than 300.
The Lord’s army continues to grow and we look forward to whatever plans He has for this church. Come join us and grow with us!
We believe the following based on God’s Word:
One Eternal God
There is one eternal God who exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God created all that exists, and He cares for and is committed to the world He has made. He is holy and exalted and lives in “unapproachable light”. Yet He also lives with the “contrite and lowly in spirit” and is “an ever-present help” in times of trouble. John 3:16;
Romans 8:18–23; Isaiah 57:15; Psalm 46:1
Jesus Christ is the human incarnation of God. He lived a perfect life, died for our sins, was raised from the dead, and ascended back to heaven where He now sits at the right hand of the Father. Jesus is the sovereign Lord. He is coming again to judge the world and to save those who put their trust in Him. He alone is able to rescue us from the destruction caused by sin. John 1:1–14;
Acts 2:36; Philippians 2:6–11; Hebrews 12:2;
Acts 4:12; 2 Thessalonians 1:6–10
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit has been sent to testify about Jesus Christ. He lives within Christians, bringing new life, holiness, and assurance of salvation. John 15:26; Galatians 4:6; Titus 3:5–6;
2 Thessalonians 2:13; Ephesians 1:13–14
The Bible is the inspired Word of God and bears witness to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The human authors who penned the various books and letters that make up The Bible were guided by the Holy Spirit to speak the Words of God, so that Scripture is authoritative for our faith and conduct. 2 Timothy 3:15–16;
2 Peter 1:20–21; John 5:39–40; Luke 24:44–49
Salvation is a gift from our gracious God, accomplished through the atoning death of Jesus Christ on the cross. We receive this gift by obeying the Savior, Jesus Christ. Tangible expressions of our faith are repentance and baptism (immersion in water) for the forgiveness of sins. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 1:7; Acts 2:38
The church includes all those who have been saved by Christ and added to His Church – Acts 2:47. The Lord Jesus desires that His people be unified. That they love one another, and that they spread the good news about Jesus.
John 17:20–23; John 13:34–35; Matthew 28:18–20.
Who are the members?
You can expect to find people at Holly Lake church of Christ from a broad spectrum. Like many groups, we are diverse – coming from various backgrounds and at different levels of understanding in different stages of spiritual growth. We do not claim to know everything, but we are learning. God is still working on each of us. We are brought together by a common goal; WE ARE GOD’S PEOPLE, organized and worshiping according to God’s plan.
Holly Lake Church of Christ 3173 S. FM 2869 Hawkins, Texas 75765-4565
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